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Mun at Australian Dental Expo 2016

SYDNEY, Apr 28, 2016 – Mun recently exhibited at the 2016 Australian Dental Expo, held at the Glebe Island Exhibition Centre in Sydney. Taking the opportunity to launch our COATS® examination gloves, our COATS® themed stand and pamper pack giveaway was a hit with the exhibition attendees! The Mun team had a fantastic time meeting dental and healthcare professionals from around the country.

The ADX2016 was our first major launch of our COATS® examination gloves into the dental market. COATS® is an acronym for colloidal oatmeal system, referring to the inclusion of an inner coating of colloidal oatmeal, an FDA-recognised skin protectant. This inner coating creates a moisturising, physical barrier between the glove and skin, protecting against the itch and irritation commonly associated with prolonged glove use. COATS® is the first and only glove to be awarded the Seal of Approval from the Australian Dental Association.

As a special conference giveaway, we organised two COATS® themed pamper packs, complete with oatmeal themed goodies and our GloveOn COATS® product. The lucky winners of our pamper packs were Rebecca Jones from Smart Dental and Dr. Jin Yong Park from Triniti Dental Clinic! Both winners were presented their pamper packs by Mun team member, Alex, at their clinic.

While Alex was visiting Smart Dental, Rebecca told us of a dental nurse, Alice, who had been struggling with terrible skin problems for an extended time due to glove use. However, since beginning her use of COATS® gloves, Alice had experienced relief from her symptoms and was now able to work without discomfort. Alice herself provided a great recommendation for COATS® gloves:

“I have very sensitive hands. When I put on a glove I get instant itchiness and redness even with other nitrile gloves, but with these gloves I don’t get that at all! Plus my hands feel super soft after I wear them. I LOVE them!”

We at Mun are so happy to hear that our gloves are making a difference to people like Alice. Overall, ADX2016 proved to be a huge success for COATS®, and for Mun. We had a great time at the exhibition, and look forward to returning in 2018!

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Mun India was conferred the Best Company in Hand Protection Award by CIMS

Mumbai, Dec 2015: Mun India is proud to be awarded the “CIMS Healthcare Excellence Award 2015 for Best Company in Hand Protection”.

CIMS Healthcare Excellence Awards felicitate the achievers in healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, and thus encourage healthy competitions towards better delivery of healthcare services. It also offered hospital owners and CEOs the opportunity to learn specific tools and techniques in an environment of quality learning, and networking with peers.

Mr Kuan Mun Leong (Director, Mun Global) were present at the Awards Ceremony in Mumbai, India to receive the award.

Mun sponsors community award winner

Congratulations to Melissa Donnelly, the winner of the 2015 Dental Assistants Professional Association’s (DAPA) Community Initiative award, sponsored by Mun Australia! For her volunteer work with Indigenous communities in the remote Katungul region, Melissa received a gift card for $200, and recognition in front of her peers at the DAPA “Big Day Out” conference in Sydney in September.

Melissa’s commitment to helping others is what inspired her to undertake a two week volunteer placement with the organisation Filling the Gap. Filling the Gap recruits experienced dentists and dental assistants to work in Aboriginal community health services where access to dental care is very limited, or non-existent. Since their establishment in 2006, Filling the Gap has provided over 10,000 dental appointments to those in need. After seeing an advertisement for the organisation in a magazine, Melissa was inspired to put herself forward as a volunteer. As Melissa expressed, “I think everyone has that little part inside of them that wants to help out others and this was my way to do it”.

After just two days’ notice, Melissa was flown to Narooma, a small rural town on the south coast of New South Wales, to join the team at the Katungul Aboriginal health service. Melissa was paired with a young dentist who had flown all the way from Ireland to volunteer with the organisation. What followed was two weeks of working with the local community, providing anything from small, routine procedures, to management of chronic dental conditions, to some of the most disadvantaged people. As Melissa said, “It has really opened my eyes to how much I really do take for granted and how lucky we are”.

Melissa has now organised for her whole dental practice to volunteer with the National Dental Foundation in 2016, and is looking into opportunities to volunteer as a dental assistant overseas. As Melissa stated,” It will take some saving, but it will all be so worth it”. Mun would like to congratulate Melissa on her achievements, and her receipt of the DAPA Community Initiative Award for 2015. Mun is proud to sponsor such an important award, and a deserving recipient.

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New Mun Team Member

SYDNEY, Dec 1, 2015 - Mun Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of John Stenner in the position of General Manager. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing, with post graduate studies in Accounting and Economics. John’s career background is in finance and consumer marketing, with a particular focus within retail and healthcare providers.

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John brings almost 30 years of management experience to the position within Mun, including extensive commercial in the Asian and European markets. John’s career highlights include establishing a Chinese non-woven healthcare manufacturing business in Europe, and the position as General Manager of Nicholas Kiwi, a global consumer and healthcare company encompassing brands such as Aspro and Radox. For fifteen years, John was also the licensee of MapaSpontex, a French manufacturer of gloves and non-woven consumables, thus he possesses broad knowledge of the healthcare consumable industry. Most recently, John has acted as an advisor to a Perth-based company involved in the establishment of a simulated emergency medical facility in West Virginia, USA.

John joins the Mun team in his new role on December 1st, and will be based at our Sydney head office in Australia. John will be in touch with all our customers shortly to discuss his new role. We are excited that John is joining the Mun Australia team and we hope you will welcome him into his new role.

David Teng Director, Mun Australia

Mun Supports Days for Girls

SYDNEY, June 15, 2015 - Mun is very proud to support the wonderful work of Days for Girls, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to promoting education, safety and dignity for girls from around the world, particularly those living in poverty.

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The Emu Plains chapter of Days for Girls has recently returned from a nine day visit to poverty-stricken villages in Bangladesh. In many poverty-stricken countries, girls who do not have access to sanitary supplies must miss days of school and work, adding up to almost 2 months of lost work and education per year. Days for Girls hopes to combat these disadvantages by distributing sustainable feminine hygiene kits, administering education courses, and initiating programs within the local community to promote equal opportunities for girls around the world.

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As part of the most recent trip, the Emu Plains chapter visited factories to purchase fabric and underwear, introduced the program to local NGOs and charities and presented bags, balloons and educational items to children at Mother Theresa’s Orphanage and the Acid Burn Survivor’s Foundation. They also distributed 200 feminine hygiene kits to girls in the slum areas of Dhaka and 200 lace filled toiletries bags to girls at a juvenile detention centre (many of whom are in the centre simply for protection).

MUN is a proud supporter of Days for Girls, an organisation that embodies our mission “from the heart of many, for many”, and our goal to care for others. It is a delight to be a part of such a worthy cause.

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Mun, Hartalega & Mercy Malaysia Reach Out to the Indigenous People

mercy-msia SEPANG, MALAYSIA, May 31, 2015 – Mun together with Hartalega and Mercy Malaysia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to embark on a Health Outreach Programme, which aims to provide basic health and medical assistance to the indigenous people of Bukit Baja community in Sepang, Malaysia. This will include health screenings, distribution of essential medicines and hygiene kits, dental clinics, and health and hygiene educational sessions.

The programme is also intended to improve the healthy literacy level of the community through quarterly medical camps, with the approval and counsel of Sepang District Health Department. This is deemed pivotal to achieve sustainable results, as the remote location of Bukit Baja village makes access to healthcare services difficult.

As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, Hartalega together with MUN has contributed a total of RM75,000 (USD20,000) towards the funding of the programme. Along with this, in the spirit of volunteerism, Hartalega and MUN staff will play a key role as active participants. They will be trained by Mercy Malaysia under the Volunteer’s Opportunity Programme to ensure that they are equipped with the skills needed to assist with the medical camps.

Kuan Vin Seung, Human Resources Director of Hartalega Holdings Berhad, said, “We are pleased to work hand-in-hand with Mercy Malaysia on this joint collaboration. We hope that this initiative will have a real impact on improving access to better healthcare for the villagers of Bukit Baja. Hartalega and MUN firmly supports the development of rural communities and this is certainly a commendable platform. Furthermore, it is great to see our team coming together and volunteering their time to ensure the success of this initiative.”

Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, President of Mercy Malaysia, commented: “It is indeed laudable that a leading company such as Hartalega and MUN recognises the importance of contributing to the humanitarian sector today, particularly for underprivileged communities. We are sincerely grateful for the support given by Hartalega, not only in terms of funding but also the efforts of their volunteers, which makes this programme all the more meaningful.”

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During the signing ceremony of the MOU, the villagers of Bukit Baja welcomed Hartalega, MUN and Mercy Malaysia staff with cultural performances. The villagers also took part in various health-related activities during the day such as health screenings, health talks, as well as fun-filled exercises.

Mun Supports the Work of YWAM

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SYDNEY, April 27, 2015 – The outstanding work of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Medical Ships Australia has begun again in 2015, with the first crew of volunteers reaching Oru Village in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea on the 26th of April.

YWAM is a global charity that supports and develops communities in Papua New Guinea by addressing their health care and training needs. Teams of volunteers from all over Australia make the sea voyage to these remote communities up to seven times per year, providing access to food, clean drinking water, shelter, quality health care and educational opportunities. They also forge strong partnerships with these communities, reflecting their vision to promote strengthened ties between Australia and PNG.

MUN is extremely proud to support their efforts through the donation of gloves*, financial contributions and attendance at fundraising events. Our gloves are used in the dental clinic, where 2,960 procedures were performed in 2014; and in the primary health care clinic, where locals can visit with their health concerns.

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YWAM is dedicated to realising the priorities and vision of the PNG National Health Plan, and Australia’s commitment to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by providing improved quality of life for PNG locals. MUN would like to congratulate all the YWAM volunteers for the difference they are making.

To follow the journey of the current volunteers, visit YWAM’s website at www.ywamships.org.au, or follow them on Facebook at YWAM Ships – Australia.

*Check out The Mun Glove Donation at
https://www.facebook.com/ywamshipsaustralia/photos/pb.194122848779.-2207520000.1430454977./10153127883688780/?type=3&theater

Mun Partners with ACIPC

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SYDNEY, May 21, 2015 - MUN is delighted to announce that we are a proud Gold Partner with The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC). The ACIPC is the peak body and voice for over 1000 infection prevention and control professional across Australasia. The College brings together experts engaged in a wide variety of practice settings to contribute to, and develop evidenced-based policy and advice. ACIPC aims to create a safer environment for patients and clients, through partnerships with corporations, healthcare societies and departments of health.

As a Gold Partner of ACIPC, MUN supports the College’s commitment to education and research. ACIPC, along with MUN, is committed to achieving exceptional educational and professional outcomes for all infection prevention professionals. MUN would like to further consider supporting the ACIPC’s professional development days, scholarships and research grants, which look to improve knowledge and preventative strategies surrounding infection. Further, both MUN and ACIPC are dedicated to maintaining and developing a framework of collaboration between infection prevention specialists, in order to promote evidenced-based practices within the healthcare industry. As a Gold Partner with ACIPC, MUN will be attending the up-coming 2015 ACIPC International Conference at Hobart 22 - 25 November, this event will bring together experts from around the world dedicated to providing new innovations and insights.

Mun Supports Safe Child Birth with BFKA Sponsorship

SYDNEY, November 8, 2014 – In support of promoting clean and safe birthing environments for women, MUN Australia, the distribution arm of Hartalega Holdings Berhad, the world’s largest synthetic glove manufacturer, recently became a major sponsor of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) (BKFA).

The charitable organisation strives to ensure that disadvantaged women in developing and under developed countries have access to sanitary birthing practices, which helps reduce incidences of infant and maternal mortality rates.

As part of the two-year sponsorship, Mun contributions consists of both monetary and product assistance towards the production of 140,000 birthing kits on an annual basis.

Mr David Teng, Director of Mun Australia, said, “Our passion for care is at the heart of our company, and we are glad to be able to support this worthy cause. Maternal and infant health is a critical priority the world over. Quality healthcare is a basic human right and it is our sincere hope that this sponsorship will go a long way towards helping underprivileged mothers and babies. Every baby is entitled to be born with dignity and in a safe environment.”

“This effort is part of our ongoing corporate social responsibility programme, through which we aim to make a positive impact on the community with our various initiatives.

Along with our contributions, we will also educate Mun staff to become goodwill ambassadors to further promote BKFA’s laudable objectives. With these efforts, we aim to enhance awareness of this important issue,” concluded Mr Teng.

BKFA is firmly founded on the philosophy that every woman has the right to a clean and safe childbirth. Working towards the vision of creating a world in which all women have access to clean and safe birthing practices, BKFA works together with various organisations and communities to provide essential support to improve outcomes for birthing mothers and their babies.

World Health Organization Rapid Advice Guideline

Below are glove guidelines extracted from World Health Organization Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the context of Filovirus Disease Outbreak Response dated October 2014

5b. Gloves
Recommendation 5
All health workers should wear double gloves while providing clinical care for patients with filovirus disease in order to prevent virus exposure. Strong recommendation, moderate quality evidence for double gloving as compared to single glove use.

Rationale and remarks
Double gloves are recommended compared to single gloves to decrease the potential risk of virus transmission to the health worker due to glove holes and damage to gloves from disinfectants such as chlorine; double gloving may also reduce the risk from needle-stick injuries and contamination of hands when removing PPE. The confidence in effectiveness was assessed as moderate based on accumulated evidence for transmission of other blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis viruses. Although there is some degree of decreased tactile sensation, impaired dexterity, and discomfort related to double gloving, studies demonstrate that in most cases the feeling of impaired tactile sensation is overcome within a few days, even when performing delicate surgery.

Preferably, the outer glove should have a long cuff, reaching well above the wrist, ideally to the midforearm. In order to protect the wrist area from contamination, the inner glove should be worn under the cuff of the gown/coverall (and under any thumb/finger loop) whereas the outer glove should be worn over the cuff of the gown/coverall.

Use of tape to attach gloves to gowns/coveralls should be avoided, as this may interfere with safe gown/coverall and glove removal because of the need for additional manipulation and the risk of tearing of the gown/coverall, potentially resulting in contamination. There is no evidence that more than two gloves on each hand provide further protection; this has the potential to interfere with dexterity and add complexity to glove removal, and is not considered safe.

Best IPC practice dictates that gloves should be changed between patients. However, feasibility issues (i.e. provision of clean gloves and waste disposal within the patient treatment and isolation area) were of concern. Because of this, the GDG did not reach consensus on the recommendation for changing gloves between patients inside the clinical area. Nine members were in favour of changing gloves between patients, two were against, and two members abstained. The following 2- step procedure could help facilitate changing gloves safely while providing clinical care for patients with filovirus disease: 1) disinfect the outer gloves before removing them safely and 2) keep the inner gloves on and disinfect them before putting on a fresh outer pair. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred when disinfecting hands and gloved hands. If a glove becomes compromised, it should be changed using the procedure described above.

Sterile gloves are not required except when performing a sterile procedure as per standard IPC recommendations. Adaptations of the gloving procedures described above may be required for specific surgical and obstetric procedures.

Recommendation 6
Nitrile gloves are preferred over latex gloves for health workers providing clinical care for patients with filovirus disease in order to prevent virus exposure.

Strong recommendation, moderate quality evidence on effectiveness and safety of nitrile gloves over other alternatives

Rationale and remarks
Nitrile gloves are recommended because they resist chemicals, including certain disinfectants such as chlorine, and nitrile is more environmentally friendly than latex. There is a high rate of allergies to latex and contact allergic dermatitis among health workers. However, if nitrile gloves are not available, latex gloves can be used. Non-powdered gloves are preferred to powdered gloves.

Source: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137410/1/WHO_EVD_Guidance_PPE_14.1_eng.pdf?ua=1&ua=1

Hartalega Unveils New Mun Brand

SYDNEY, July 26, 2014 – In line with its strategic expansion plans, Hartalega Holdings Berhad (Hartalega), the world’s largest manufacturer of premium quality nitrile gloves, recently celebrated the launch of its new distribution arm, MUN. A gala dinner was held at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, to commemorate the global launch and unveiling of the MUN brand. This also marked the rebranding of Hartalega’s subsidiary, Pharmatex, a leading brand with operations in Australia, China, India and USA, which will now be integrated into MUN.

Kuan Mun Leong, Managing Director of Hartalega Holdings Berhad and Director of MUN, said, “As the global distribution platform for Hartalega, MUN will be able to leverage on the Group’s competitive advantages as an industry pioneer, along with our reputation for top-of-the-line products. Moreover, Hartalega’s passion and core values which have been at the heart of our growth will carry over to MUN, namely our commitment to quality, innovation and care, creating a stronger global company offering high quality reliable products.”

“The establishment of MUN will allow us to enhance our distribution channels in an integrated manner and standardise operations, building an even stronger foundation to extend our current reach. This will enable us to expand our brand presence in key markets, as well as open up opportunities for us to tap into new markets in the future. In the long-term, we aim to develop MUN as a global healthcare products company, offering gloves as well as other products to meet the needs of the healthcare industry.”

In conjunction with the launch of MUN, Hartalega also announced the creation of GloveOn, a new umbrella brand to represent its existing glove business. This will simultaneously allow MUN to diversify into other medical products by differentiating the medical distribution company from its parent company’s products, as well as standardise Hartalega’s glove products worldwide.

Furthermore, the establishment of MUN will complement Hartalega’s long-term expansion strategy, namely the Next Generation Integrated Glove Manufacturing Complex (NGC). The six state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and 72 advanced production lines will set a new standard for the glove industry. Once the NGC is fully completed over a six year period, Hartalega’s production capacity will increase substantially to 42 billion pieces per annum.

About Hartalega The Hartalega Group has been manufacturing premium latex gloves since 1988 and currently operates from state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Bestari Jaya, Selangor. The Group has a current capacity of producing 14 billion gloves annually. Hartalega is currently the largest producer of nitrile gloves in the world and exports to over 40 countries across five continents, namely Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa. Hartalega was listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia in April 2008. As at June 30, 2014, Hartalega’s shareholders’ funds stood at RM1.018 billion while market capitalisation was in excess of RM4.6 billion.

ABSANZ 5th Annual Conference, 9-13 November 2015

Australia & New Zealand Biosafety Annual Conference
Date: 9 - 13 November 2015
Venue: QT Canberra, Australia
website: https://www.absanz.org.au/

AHSPO Conference, 22-24 October 2014

Mun (Australia) Pty Ltd was the Diamond Sponsor for the Association of Healthcare Supply & Procurement Officers Incorporated (AHSPO) conference at Creswick, 22-24 October 2014. The theme for this conference “'Winds of change, Mountains of opportunity, Together, Today, Tomorrow”, coincides with the company's recent transition from Pharmatex to Mun Global.

On the welcoming session, Mun (Australia) Pty Ltd Managing Director, David Teng, took the opportunity to present to hundreds of delegates and trades the company's new global rebranding and also share with them the Mun story. It was very well received as throughout the conference, many delegates commented they like the meaning behind the name of Mun and look forward to the introduction of more products in their portfolio.

https://www.ahspo.com.au/2015/index.html